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Moldova team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.33CET
Moldova have competed in five FIFA World Cup and five UEFA European Championship qualifying tournaments but never threatened to reach the finals of either.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.33CET

Moldova team profile

Moldova have competed in five FIFA World Cup and five UEFA European Championship qualifying tournaments but never threatened to reach the finals of either.

Best result: have never qualified
Coach: Alexandr Curteian
Leading scorers: 
all-time – Serghei Clescenco (11); current – Viorel Frunza (7)
Most appearances: all-time – Radu Rebeja (74); current – Alexandru Epureanu (58)
Association formed: 1990
Nickname: None
Where they play: Zimbru Stadium, Chisinau

Moldova have competed in five FIFA World Cup and five UEFA European Championship qualifying tournaments but never threatened to reach the finals of either. They did, however, end their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign with arguably their finest result – a 5-2 victory away to a Montenegro side that had earlier led the group. It was only their fifth World Cup qualifying win compared with 11 in 48 EURO matches. Their most memorable streak of form came at the end of the UEFA EURO 2008 campaign when they claimed ten points from their last four games, including wins against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Hungary.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P48 W11 D7 L30 F47 A98
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P48 W11 D7 L30 F47 A98

Moldova's best haul to date came in preliminaries for UEFA EURO 2008, when Igor Dobrovolski's side took 12 points from 12 qualifiers, finishing fifth in the seven-team Group C. Moldova's 48 UEFA European Championship qualifiers going into the UEFA EURO 2016 competition have included 30 defeats and 11 victories – two against Georgia and San Marino plus others versus Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Malta, Wales and Finland.

Under Romanian coach Gavril Balint, Moldova opened UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group E with a 2-0 win against Finland – their first competitive success in almost three years – but it was to be a false dawn. Seven defeats followed before the end of the campaign, though Moldova twice beat San Marino – their 4-0 victory in the final qualifying fixture the biggest competitive victory in Moldova's history.

Memorable EURO matches
03/09/2010: Moldova 2-0 Finland, UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying
Alexandru Suvorov and Anatolie Doros struck to earn a first competitive win since 2007.

11/10/2006: Moldova 3-0 Hungary, UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying
A resounding victory completed Moldova's best EURO qualifying campaign: 12 points from 12 games.

07/09/1994: Georgia 0-1 Moldova, EURO '96 qualifying
Igor Oprea's first-half goal meant Moldova made a winning debut to EURO qualifying.

Did you know?
In 1997 the British comedian Tony Hawks bet he could beat at tennis all 11 Moldovan players that had lost a World Cup qualifier to England; his attempt to do so became a book and then a film.

*Statistics last updated on 07/01/14

Last updated: 12/11/14 15.29CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 17/11/2014 16:54 CET
Moldova0-5England
Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED) – Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA)
11/10/2014 18:05:19
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group H)
Poland2-0Moldova
Referee: Ilias Spathas (GRE) – Stadium: Municipal Stadium Wroclaw, Wroclaw (POL)
04/18/2013 22:14:16
Moldova0-0Ukraine
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA) – Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA)
11/10/2014 18:05:19
San Marino0-2Moldova
Referee: Marios Panayi (CYP) – Stadium: Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle (SMR)
04/18/2013 22:24:17
Moldova0-1Montenegro
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA) – Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA)
11/10/2014 18:05:24
Ukraine2-1Moldova
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN) – Stadium: Chornomorets, Odessa (UKR)
10/30/2014 13:44:02
Moldova1-1Poland
Referee: Fernando Teixeira (ESP) – Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA)
11/10/2014 18:05:19
England4-0Moldova
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK) – Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London (ENG)
09/11/2013 07:13:56
Moldova3-0San Marino
Referee: Ignasi Villamayor Rozados (AND) – Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA)
11/10/2014 18:05:19
Montenegro2-5Moldova
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT) – Stadium: Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
11/10/2014 18:06:25
3 September 2014 - Friendlies 2014-16 (Group A)
Ukraine1-0Moldova
Referee: not available
11/03/2014 14:24:52
8 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Montenegro2-0Moldova
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR) – Stadium: Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
11/10/2014 18:06:26
9 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Moldova1-2Austria
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR) – Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA)
11/10/2014 18:05:24
12 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Russia1-1Moldova
Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL) – Stadium: Otkrytie Arena, Moscow (RUS)
10/28/2014 10:28:02
15 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Moldova0-1Liechtenstein
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN) – Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA)
11/17/2014 15:47:44
MoldovaSweden
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:34:39
LiechtensteinMoldova
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Rheinpark, Vaduz (LIE)
10/08/2014 17:35:39
5 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
AustriaMoldova
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:36:25
8 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
MoldovaMontenegro
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:37:09
9 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
MoldovaRussia
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:35:51
12 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
SwedenMoldova
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:37:46

General info

  • Founded : 1990
  • Stadium : Zimbru
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, Friendly matches 2014/2016

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    11/10/2011, Moldova 4-0 San Marino, Chisinau
  • Biggest defeat:
    04/06/1999, Germany 6-1 Moldova, Leverkusen
    08/10/1995, Germany 6-1 Moldova, Leverkusen
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 6
  • Player with most appearances: 27
    Radu Rebeja (MDA)
  • Top scorers: 5
    Viorel Frunză (MDA)
 
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